I don’t consider myself extremely impressionable. I mean, when I see a nearly anorexic model who is not only unhealthy, but Photoshopped, I don’t desire to look like that. At least, this is what I thought.
If that’s the case, then why was one of my 2016 goals to reach a certain (much lower) weight? According to my doctor, her height/weight charts, and my BMI, my weight is healthy.
I hadn’t really considered how ridiculous this all sounded until a few days ago.
It just hit me. Why am I actually trying to lose weight? I say I want to be healthy, but my doctor says I am healthy. Why is this my goal?
The truth hurts, and in this case the truth was that I wanted to have a firm flat stomach and thin muscular thighs. It didn’t have a thing to do with health.
If health is what I truly want, I need to change my focus.
Instead of thin I want to feel strong.
Instead of skinny I want to be toned.
And instead of obsessive I want to be consistent.
So here are some new goals of mine. Some healthier, more meaningful goals:
- Do 2 pull ups
- Hold a 2 minute plank
- Do the splits
- Increase my weight on all my gym sets
- Beat my previous run time
See the difference? They’re still measurable (which is important for goal-setting) but they focus on what I can do instead of how I look. Flexibility and strength are my biggest goals now. I’m excited to see how my new perspective will change my workouts!
I’ve got to know: are your fitness goals based on looks or achievements? Share in the comments section below!
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